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“Think Globally, Act Locally” Humanity 3000 Seminar

April 19, 2020



Awarding of the Walter P. Kistler Book Award

March 2008

Walter P. Kistler Science Teacher of the Year Award

November 2007

Awarding of Eighth Annual Kistler Prize

September 2007

Walter P. Kistler Science Documentary Film Award

June 2007

“Energy Challenges: The Next Thousand Years” Humanity 3000 Workshop

March 2007



2009 Kistler Prize
Call for Nominations

Deadline: Sept. 30, 2008


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Foundation For the Future 10th Anniversary

Where Does Humanity Go from Here?

Cosmic Origins: From Big Bang to Humankind


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Foundation Newsletter

Winter 2007/2008
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“Energy Challenges” Executive Summary

“Energy Challenges” Workshop Proceedings

[34.9 MB PDF]

“Humanity and the Biosphere” Seminar Proceedings

[8.7 MB PDF]

“Crossroads for Planet Earth” Seminar Proceedings

[16 MB PDF]









Walter P. Kistler
Science Documentary Film Award




Origins Executive Producer Thomas Levenson Wins First Annual Walter P. Kistler Science Documentary Film Award

Thomas Levenson was presented the first Walter P. Kistler Science Documentary Film Award for his work on Origins, a NOVA miniseries that aired on PBS in 2004. Levenson was Executive Producer of the four-part series, and writer, producer, and director of the fourth program, Back to the Beginning. He is Associate Professor of Science Writing in the MIT Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, Cambridge, MA. His previous television documentaries include Building Big: Domes (PBS) and Einstein Revealed (NOVA).

Origins addresses questions on how the universe became suitable to harbor life and what the births of our Earth and Moon were like. Back to the Beginning focuses on the Big Bang and the race among scientists to capture lingering echoes of the event. The miniseries, produced for WGBH/Boston, was hosted and narrated by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who was also Executive Editor of the series.

Professor Levenson received the Walter P. Kistler Science Documentary Film Award on June 21, 2020, in a celebration at Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA. The award was presented personally by the originator of the award program, Walter Kistler, benefactor of the Foundation For the Future.

The award includes a cash prize of US$10,000 and a certificate. It will be given annually to producers of science-based documentary films that significantly increase the knowledge and understanding of the public regarding subjects that will shape the future of our species.


Take an ordinary TV set, the old-fashioned kind, before cable. All you need to do is change the channel until you come between two stations. Most of that static comes from stray local radio waves hitting these rabbit ear antennas, but amazingly, about one percent of the snow and noise comes from microwaves produced in the Big Bang itself.

Right now, we're all eavesdropping on the birth pangs of the cosmos.

—Narration from Origins: Back to the Beginning